my mother's thoughts

There is no such thing as too many poems. No such thing as too many stories. We have so much love to hold, & to give, & to sing. There's so much that's waiting for you. Everyday that I read a poem, I am in love all over again. I hope you all keep writing. I hope we never fall out of love.

Cheers, 

Tanya

spirit crows

Porsche 

Keith Loker was sentenced to death in 1995 and is incarcerated on death row San Quentin. Keith uses the method ink-stippling, which he uses in his art work to create beautiful pieces with great detail.

 

Keith says, "Ink-stippling by hand is an art medium of precise dotting.  As I sit hour after hour laying down individual dots it can induce a tediousness that I must be mindful of because in this process I cannot make a mistake since there is not a way to repair a missed placement of a single dot. Each piece can take weeks into two months to complete due to the rest I must give my fingers and wrist because this technique requires small precise movements from dot to dot which means I can only work each day for a certain amount of hours. What drew me to this style of artwork was how defined I could stipple a scene to completion giving the visual feeling of being a photograph. And photo-realism is what I am aiming to achieve in a sense to reconnect to the imaginations and dreams I had in mi teens.  And other pieces attempt to touch into my thoughts and experiences of mi adult years as I mature and endure struggles inside prison. These completed scenes have been a way to physically finish something using my hands, mind and time while locked in this 4 x 8 x 10 cell closet.  I have no formal training in art and so each project becomes another learning curve.”

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